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SMETANINE David
Sport Para swimming
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age44
Place of BirthLunÚville, FRA
Height1.84 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Grenoble, FRA
Languages
French, English, Italian, Russian
Higher education
Management - University Pierre Mendes France [UPMF]: Grenoble, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para swimming in 1996.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport as part of his rehabilitation. He first considered competing in Para swimming after his employer, the mayor of Grenoble, invited him to a function welcoming back the French team from the 1996 Paralympic Games.
Club / Team
Nautic Club Alp'38: France
General Interest
Nicknames
Mr Smet, Sa Saintete (IPC, 04 Nov 2009)
Most influential person in career
His coaches. (IPC, 04 Nov 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A pure body, mind and spirit." (IPC, 04 Nov 2009)
Awards and honours
He was named a Knight of the French Legion of Honour in recognition of his performances at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (legifrance.gouv.fr, 14 Nov 2008)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (esportdauphinois.com, 29 May 2017)
Impairment
He was involved in a car accident at age 21, which resulted in partial quadriplegia. He has some degree of paralysis in all of his limbs, and has also lost sensation in his hands. (20minutes.fr, 09 Sep 2008)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In December 2017 he was elected to serve as a member of the World Para Swimming Athletes' Advisory Group [AAG] between 2018 and 2021. (paralympic.org, 08 Dec 2017)

CAREER
He has worked as a councillor in the region of Rhone-Alpes, France. He was a consultant to the mayor of Grenoble, making recommendations about accessibility for people with an impairment. (lemonde.fr, 07 Mar 2014; natationpourous.com, 04 Nov 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2004 50m Freestyle S4 39.51
4 2004 100m Freestyle S4 1:28.98
4 2004 200m Freestyle S4 3:12.81
7 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:47.01
7 2004 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:58.07
1 2008 50m Freestyle S4 37.89
1 2008 100m Freestyle S4 1:24.67
2 2008 200m Freestyle S4 3:04.47
2 2008 50m Backstroke S4 48.66
5 2008 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:46.19
2 2012 50m Freestyle S4 38.75
3 2012 100m Freestyle S4 1:25.76
6 2012 50m Backstroke S4 50.30
2 2012 200m Freestyle S4 3:01.38
4 2016 100m Freestyle S4 1:26.88
5 2016 200m Freestyle S4 3:06.39 
2 2016 50m Freestyle S4 40.58
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2002 50m Freestyle S5 43.34
9 2002 100m Freestyle S5 1:35.56
7 2002 200m Freestyle S5 3:24.78
4 2006 50m Freestyle S4 40.64
2 2006 100m Freestyle S4 1:28.72
2 2006 200m Freestyle S4 3:15.93
5 2006 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:57.97
1 2010 50m Freestyle S4 38.26
1 2010 200m Freestyle S4 3:01.47
3 2010 50m Backstroke S4 47.57
3 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:39.39
1 2010 100m Freestyle S4 1:24.19
8 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points  DSQ
3 2013 50m Freestyle S4 40.69
4 2013 100m Freestyle S4 1:29.34
4 2013 200m Freestyle S4 3:19.45
5 2015 200m Freestyle S4 3:12.37
3 2015 50m Freestyle S4 39.60
3 2015 100m Freestyle S4 1:27.24
7 2015 50m Backstroke S4 51.92
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
2 2009 100m Freestyle S4 1:25.00
2 2009 200m Freestyle S4 3:05.60
1 2009 50m Backstroke S4 47.19
2 2009 50m Freestyle S4 38.48
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m Freestyle S4 1:28.68
6 2014 50m Freestyle S4 43.61
5 2014 200m Freestyle S4 3:16.98
4 2016 100m Freestyle S4 1:28.64
5 2016 50m Backstroke S4 49.54
2 2016 200m Freestyle S4 3:07.75
2 2016 50m Freestyle S4 40.13
3 2018 50m Freestyle S4 40.93
6 2018 200m Freestyle S4 3:18.04